With the roaring engines of more than a dozen Harley-Davidson motorcycles sounding the charge, some 800 Madera citizens came together to take part in the seventh annual March Against Meth.
Organized by a collection of churches and drug-recovery groups, the marchers strode from McNally Memorial Park to Courthouse Park to remind the city and its people that with addiction, help can always be found and hope will always remain.
“We’re trying to get rid of these drugs,” said Ryan McWherter, executive director of the Madera Food Bank, a former meth addict, and the head organizer of the march. “Not only that, we’re trying to bring Madera together and strengthen it.”
Mayor Brett Frazier, who took part in the march, described the event as an unparalleled positive influence on the community. “Everyone talks about budgets and problems,” Frazier said. “But when you get a group of people this big to come out and say ‘we’re in control of our city,’ that’s incredibly powerful.” ...